Leawood landlord under arrest following Call For Action investigation

OLATHE, Kan. - A landlord in Leawood, Kan., who was investigated by the 41 Action News Call For Action team was arrested on Monday.

Edy Uzor Hinton-Ikenokwalu was arrested on charges of theft and obstruction.

During her video arraignment Tuesday, Hinton refused to appear before a Johnson County judge after seeing our camera. 

The charges stem from an incident one year ago at a Johnson County JC Penny's store. Hinton-Ikenokwalu was initially charged in Nov. 2011. Authorities dismissed the charges after a mental evaluation found she was incompetent to stand trial.  

See the Call for Action Investigation | http://bit.ly/UGgur3

Prior to dismissing the charges, Hinton requested a court appointed attorney. Court records dated Dec. 2011 show Hinton-Ikenokwalu said she did not earn income from rental properties.

But a Call For Action investigation determined Hinton took in more than $2,500 that month alone for rent payments from the Housing Authority of Kansas City. 

In the months following, the investigation looked into tenant complaints against Hinton-Ikenokwalu. In June, the Housing Authority of Kansas City banned Hinton from being an approved HUD landlord after a Jackson County court determined she had accepted extra rent money from a tenant.  

Housing authority bans landlord | http://bit.ly/XZH98E

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe re-filed the theft and obstruction charges following the latest Call For Action investigation earlier this month.

"We are aware of some of the additional facts that came out in some of your reports that we were not aware of, and based on that, we are following up on some of those leads you brought up in your telecast," Howe said .

The judge ordered Hinton to appear in his courtroom Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

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